A body, believed to be that of a man, was found by staff from the National Sea Rescue Institute after a report of a shark attack near Albatross Beach at the South African town of Jeffreys Bay.
“The remains of a body have been recovered,” Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the Sea Rescue Institute said by mobile phone. “We believe it was a guy. The police are investigating that.”
Jeffreys Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew used two rescue craft after the shark incident at Lower Point, next to Albatross Beach, and South Africa’s police services also responded. The unidentified person was snorkeling at the time of the attack, the NSRI said, citing eye witnesses.
The area is home to South Africa’s most famous surfing wave, known as Supertubes, classified as the best right-handed wave in the world by the Association of Surf Professionals’. Surfing in Jeffreys Bay and nearby areas became popular after the 1966 cult movie, Endless Summer, which was partly shot in nearby St. Francis Bay. The two towns are 20 kilometers (12 miles) apart.
Since 1905 there have been 234 recorded shark attacks off the South African coast, according to the Florida Museum of National History, which is part of the University of Florida. Of those 52 were fatal with 12 of those deaths occuring in the Eastern Cape province, where Jeffreys Bay is located. Fatal attacks were recorded last year in both the Eastern and Western Cape.
Great whites, tiger sharks and bull sharks are among the species found off South Africa’s coast.